The nursery at Avera Sacred Heart cares for babies every single day and nurses are always ready to take on new additions.
At her first ultrasound in June, Stephanie Chasing Hawk was expecting to learn the gender of her new baby. But the doctor's visit had a few surprises for this mom.
"I wasn't going to find out what the sex was but I found out, they told me it was twins at first." Said Chasing Hawk.
But Doctor Amy Eichfeld with Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. wanted to take a closer look. And wouldn't you know it, a few months later...
"This is Memori Wynn, Maesa Adara, and Gage Karter, two girls and a boy." Said Chasing Hawk.
These three babies were scheduled to be delivered by C-section on October 19th, but they wanted to come two days early. Stephanie needed an emergency delivery and says Dr. Eichfeld was her hero. She riding with Stephanie in an ambulance all the way from Wagner.
"I didn't feel as much scared because I knew she was there and if anything happened she'd know what to do." Said Chasing Hawk.
While Stephanie raced towards delivery, the hospital prepared for her arrival.
"We don't see triplets in Yankton that much because there can be so many complications, pre term deliveries and things like that." Said Kim Kast and Nurse at Avera Sacred Heart.
Avera Sacred Heart has a level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, meaning they can care for premature babies, but only if they're past 34 weeks. Stephanie was past 35. But with delivering three potentially high risk babies, the critical care team had extra staff just in case.
"Fortunately everything couldn't have gone better and it was really a credit to our facility that everyone got her so quickly and everything went so well." Said Dr. Eichfeld.
"I can't believe I got three of them! I can't believe I carried that much weight I didn't expect them to be this big." Said Chasing Hawk.
With a combined weight of nearly 15 pounds the triplets join a proud big brother Devon and two more sisters. From now on, Stephanie and boyfriend Jonas Aungie will literally have their hands full, but both couldn't be happier.
"I'm just glad that all three are happy, feeding, and growing now!" Said Aungie.
"It was a good pregnancy, I thought it was going to be worse than what I went through, it was all worth it." Said Chasing Hawk.
The odds of having triplets naturally, is about one out of every 10,000 pregnancies.
Memori, Maesa, and Gage are the first set of triplets to be born at Avera Sacred Heart in over 17 years.
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